Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold has filed a lawsuit against Johns Hopkins hospital that alleges he sustained "serious physical injuries as a result of negligent medical care."
Reimold, 31, alleges in the suit that he "sustained serious physical injuries as a result of negligent medical care at Johns Hopkins," according to CBS Baltimore.
Reimold underwent surgery at the hospital to repair a herniated disk on June 25, 2012. The suit alleges neurosurgeon Ziya Gokaslan cleared Reimold to play in January 2013, before his neck bones were fused.
Reimold played in 16 games in 2012 before the surgery, hitting .313 over 69 plate appearances. The season after the surgery, he was limited to 40 games, hitting .195 in 140 plate appearances. The suit alleges he needed an additional surgery in July 2013, according to the report.
"Nolan's injuries and subsequent absence from the game were entirely avoidable," attorney Hassan Murphy said, according to The Baltimore Sun. "… He missed valuable time when he could have been playing at the highest level."
Reimold split last season between the Toronto Blue Jays and Arizona Diamondbacks before returning to the Orioles this season. He is beginning the season with the Orioles' Triple A affiliate in Norfolk, Va.